I've been thumbing through The Artist's Way at Work
again, and came across a quote that struck me:
The task of the best teacher is to balance the difficult juggling act of becoming vitally, vigorously, creatively, energetically, and inspiringly unnecessary.
--Gerald O. Grow
It made me think about how we all play the role of teacher in one way or another, as we help each other through life -- as friend, as manager, as parent, etc -- and how the best gift is to get to a point where you're not needed. You're loved, or you're valued, but you're a launch pad, rather than a security blanket.